The creative writing major deepens our current opportunities for students who are interested in learning through practicing the literary arts. Creative writing is one of the most rapidly growing and popular undergraduate majors nationally.
The creative writing major fuses academic literary study and creative studio work with opportunities for service and experiential learning focusing on nature and culture, cultivating an awareness of how writing emerges from the intersection of self and place. Creative writing majors will have opportunities to interact one-on-one with writers of national and international renown; this feature, in addition to the extensive rural setting of the campus and special courses that combine an immersion in place, literature, and creative writing, all serve to make Berry’s program distinctive.
A major in creative writing requires 39 semester hours plus a final portfolio of work completed for the major and participation in a senior reading. The department offers a 200-level course to introduce students to general principles of craft in creative writing. Courses at the 300 and 400 levels concentrate on reading, drafting, and revision of creative work in a variety of genres in a workshop format. Creative writing majors must also complete 15 hours of study in literature courses.
All creative writing majors are required to develop a portfolio of written work that represents significant successes in their career as a creative writing major at Berry College. This should be completed during the term just prior to the student’s graduation and must be approved by department faculty. Students should consult with their advisor, the department chair, and/or the department’s curriculum committee chair for more information about the portfolio assessment.